This user-friendly field guide describes and illustrates the ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails native to Britain and Ireland, giving comprehensive entries for over 100 species and hybrids. Each entry has a brief 'pen picture', describing the key features for identification and showing how each species can be differentiated from other species with which it is commonly confused. This is supported by clear and informative frond silhouettes, showing the normal range of variation that can be encountered in the field. Valuable additional information on distribution, ecology and biology is provided in the form of 'Field notes', much of which is taken from the author's own observations. The second edition has been fully updated to reflect the current status of the taxonomy of these plants. It can be used easily by the amateur or beginner, whilst containing sufficient detail to satisfy the serious naturalist and professional botanist.
'It is heartening in these days, when so many authors assume the 'amateur' is incapable of serious study, that an enthusiastic expert has carried on the splendid tradition of helping the informed amateur naturalist as well as the professional botanist - and given people a tool to take them further into a fascinating subject.' Trevor James, BBC Wildlife '... invaluable book ... clear and succinct accounts of every species.' Trevor James, BBC Wildlife '... enlarged, expanded and greatly improved ... photographs which are relevant, informative and, frequently, beautiful ... The second edition is a great improvement on the excellent first, and is accessible by the specialist and beginner alike, both of whom will have much to gain from reference to, or browsing in, Dr Page's book.' James Merryweather, New Phytology 'This book is a good and valuable read and it is the most comprehensive book on British and Irish ferms. As these Isles harbour a wealth of species the book is of great interest to fern enthusiasts from abroad. If you do not have the first edition, this book is a must.' J. C. Vogel, Fern Gazette ' ... this is still clearly the best book available on British pteridophytes.' F. J. Rumsey, Annals of Botany 'Ferns of Britain and Ireland maintains its place as the best book on ferns in Britain.' Edinburgh Journal of Botany